I had several new posts lined up for this week and this one (spicy turkey meatballs) was not one of them. I was out of commission due to a cold and lost all motivation to be in the kitchen. I literally despise being sick; it’s absolutely depressing and boring. While I’m incapacitated, I’ve been nourishing myself with some comfort food such as my sweet corn soup and these spicy turkey meatballs. Since I made the effort to cook, I thought I might as well photograph these meatballs and share the recipe as it is a great fall meal.
I don’t fall ill too often, but when I do, I really get sick. A while back, I went on a business trip to India. I took an extra week off work while I was there to spend time with my family. I was perfectly healthy while I was working, but of course, the moment I got to Delhi to see my family, I came down with the flu (my luck never fails me). I’ve had the flu before, but this one was the worst I had ever experienced; I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy. I was bedridden the whole time I was with my family and I literally felt like I was going to die. I AM NOT EXAGGERATING.
A similar experience repeated this week. I caught a cold from the husband who brought it home from a wedding he had recently attended. The husband woke up Saturday morning with a stuffy nose and sore throat. Being the nice wife that I am, I made him all the Indian homemade remedies to cure the cold. As a preventive measure, as I really couldn’t afford to get sick, I took a vitamin C boost. The husband began to feel better and I thanked my stars that I dodged a bullet this time. As I now know, I thanked too soon: Sunday morning, I woke up with a sore throat and weakness. I thought it was a general head cold that would go away after a day’s rest, but it kept getting worse and eventually turned into an ear infection. It’s absolutely bizarre that I dodged an ear infection all my life and after all these years, I get it from a general head cold. Like I said before, my luck never fails me.
Being sick makes me crave comfort foods such as this spicy turkey meatballs in tomato sauce. I love these meatballs because they’re super flavorful and juicy. Traditionally, Italian meatballs are made with a combination of ground beef, veal, and pork which is delicious, but I prefer using turkey as it’s healthier. I marinate the ground turkey with a decent amount of chili flakes, fennel, oregano, parsley, basil, garlic, and a few additional flavor boosters. The meatballs are quickly pan fried and then canned tomatoes are added to the pan to make a quick tomato sauce.
This recipe takes roughly 30 minutes to make and it’s a super satisfying weeknight meal. Serve over pasta or zoodles or with a side of garlic toast. This recipe even makes for a great appetizer to serve at your upcoming holiday parties, just make the meatballs into mini bite size balls and serve them over crostini. Enjoy
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